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William Butler Yeats quotes

I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera.

Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

An intellectual hatred is the worst.

Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.

This melancholy London - I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air.

Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.

Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.

Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That's all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution.

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.

In dreams begins responsibility.